The Sarnia Sting visited the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday morning.
With an 11:00 AM start time, it was the Firebirds’ annual school-day game. Around 2,000 kids were in attendance from 20 different schools across the community.
In the first period, the Sting came out flying.
Sarnia defenceman Mitch Eliot scored two goals in twenty seconds to give us an early 2-0 lead. Eliot’s first goal was a nifty give-and-go with Anthony Salinitri. You can watch that one below. Eliot’s second tally of the day came from captain Ryan McGregor and winger Brayden Guy. Eliot is now up to six goals on the season.
Flint forward Jake Durham scored two goals in the first period for the home side. After twenty minutes of play, we had a 2-2 game.
Moving into the second frame, Kyle Harris scored his second of the campaign for Flint.
Sting forward Anthony Salinitri tied the game at 3-3 with a late shorthanded breakaway goal. Salinitri picked off a pass as the Firebirds attempted to enter our zone. Cruising in alone on Flint goalie Luke Cavallin, Salinitri sniped for his ninth of the year.
Durham completed his hat-trick just before the end of the second. Heading into the third, Flint held a 4-3 lead.
Firebirds forward Eric Uba scored a minute into the third period to give his team a 5-3 scoreboard advantage.
With five to play, Flint defenceman Hakon Nilsen scored on a point shot to extend the lead to 6-3.
Sting forward Sean Josling scored late to bring us within two. But the Firebirds replied with an empty-netter not long after.
The final score today was 7-4 for Flint. The official box score can be viewed here.
Sarnia goalie Ethan Langevin made twenty-nine saves in the effort.
Be sure to come watch Team Canada play Russia on Thursday night right here in Sarnia! Watch some of the best players in the Ontario Hockey League compete in the Canada-Russia Series! Game time is 7:00 PM at The Hive.
We return to action on Friday with a visit to Kitchener to see the Rangers! Puck drop at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium is 7:30 PM.
And we’ll see you on Saturday when the Sting return to host the Sudbury Wolves. Puck drop is 7:05 PM and you can pick up tickets below!
NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. WOLVES
Saturday, November 10 | 7:05 PM
Progressive Auto Sales Arena
#ThePassionReturns | Secure your seats here.